In 1967, the local Sons of the American Legion group made final shipping arrangements to send Kool-Aid packages to local service members in Vietnam.
In 1864, New Palestine’s Jacob Everson and his Co. K, 100 Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, faced “one of the big battles of the war” near Macon, Georgia. He wrote in his journal that nearly 300 total from both sides were killed. His writings later became part of the New Palestine history book published in 1871 for the town’s centennial.
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In 1957, the newly formed corporation Fortville Community Center Inc. announced plans for a community center and Olympic-size swimming pool in Fortville.
In 1985, the Rev. Darrel Riley conducted the first service in a new sanctuary at Mt. Comfort Methodist Church.
In 1996, a tractor-trailer rig struck a house in the 600 block of North State Street. The homeowner was fine. “It’s really funny because we wanted that tree taken out anyway,” he said.
In 1918, 4-year-old George Beamer Davis pulled a string to unveil the James Whitcomb Riley statue north of the Hancock County Courthouse. Davis grew up to serve in World War II and to later work in that same courthouse as a Circuit Court judge. He died in 2012.
In 1997, Greenfield-Central High School cheerleaders Krystle Fultz and Amanda Brewer performed with the Universal Cheerleader Association in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.